Members of the Tennessee chapter of NORML, an organization that works to make marijuana use legal, met in Chattanooga hoping to start a local branch of the group.
About 50 people attended the meeting, as they discussed ways to make medicinal marijuana use legal in Tennessee. The group says cannabis has been proven as an effective treatment for pain stemming from cancer and other serious medical problems.
They also say that it is not harmful when compared to other legal substances like tobacco and alcohol. But the biggest obstacle they say is fighting the stereotype about who uses marijuana.
"A lot of members of our group are physicians. We have attorneys, we have members of the public that hold a job down on a daily basis. These are upstanding members of the community. Unfortunately, the stoner myth still persists today, and that's not accurate," said Doak Patton, Tennessee NORML President.
The group plans on having more meetings in the Scenic City in the coming months.